Grad School, Pin Up Photos, and Summer Reading

The Brave New Body photos are here! I get the final edits from my photo shoot today, and I’ll be working on your perks over the next few weeks. Thank you for bearing with me!

It’s been nearly a year since my surgery (July 19th) and I am still astounded and amazed by the love and support around me. I’m also blown away by how much my life has changed in the last year. I had a conversation with some family last week, and admitted that 30 has, hands down, been the best year of my life. My 21-year-old cousin later questioned me with, “Really?” Absolutely. I have been waiting for years for these moments. I’m happy with my body, my love life, my choice to attend graduate school.

And I told Chris the other day: I’ve been wanting to go back to school—and trying to go back to school—for years. In total, I’ve applied to nearly two dozen programs since 2007, but only now, only this year, did I get accepted—to three! Plus, two of the offers were in Northern Virginia where his family lives and mine does, too. It couldn’t have happened better. I was supposed to come to this place with him, and whatever force in the universe is looking out for me knew I had to meet Chris before this could happen.

So, that all said, this blog is going to transition—again—over the coming months. The Brave New Body journey is definitely not over, but it’s certainly expanding. Over the coming months, I’ll certainly spend more time on the mental more than the physical. (But, admittedly, I’m in a great place to work on physical, mental, and spiritual…lots of free time ahead!)

Right now, waiting for school to start, I’m doing a lot of reading, writing, and a fair share of playing The Sims 2 on my Mac. (I fully plan to finish the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in August, but I am currently still living out of boxes and most of our stuff (a.k.a. all my books) is in storage.) I’ve been working on my YA novel, which I may post snippets of here, and I have three books in my suitcase: Orange is the New Black, (Kerman), The Education of Little Tree (Carter), and Sand (Howey).

Chris’s nephew has all of the Harry Potter books upstairs, which I plan to read again. If you follow me on Facebook, you know has been a hot topic of conversation with the fam this summer. (We are introducing his nearly-four-year-old niece to the movies, and Chris and I re watched 5-7.1 last week.)

I also have to read/re-read all or part of these books between now and the end of my first semester:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
An American Tragedy
My Antonia
A Farewell to Arms*
The Last Tycoon
The Sound and the Fury
All the King’s Men
The Naked and the Dead
The Victim
East of Eden
Play It As It Lays
Far Tortuga
A Visit from the Goon Squad
The Odyssey
Oedipus Rex
The Mayor of Casterbridge
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man*
To the Lighthouse
Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov*
The Poems of Robert Frost

(*Thank you, George Williams, for making me read them in undergrad.)

What are y’all reading this summer?20140715-102316-37396570.jpg


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